[Photo] Harpoon anti-ship missile fired by P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft hits target

Jul 10 2013 - 4 Comments

On Jun. 24, a P-8A Poseidon from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 successfully fired a Harpoon AGM-84D Block IC missile at the Navy’s Point Mugu Sea Test Range in California and scored a direct hit on a Low Cost Modular Target.

The following image shows the target before and after the hit by “one of the U.S. Navy’s most dependable over-the-horizon all-weather anti-ship missiles, the Harpoon Block IC.”


Image credit: U.S. Navy

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  • jork

    How tall are those Low Cost Modular Targets ? The missile seems to hit too high for a shp

    • jerseydave

      That pontoon boat may be abut 20 feet long, and low to the water. Compared to the length and height of a warship, it could be a suitable target to simulate the side of a ship.

      The pontoon boat may be smaller than 20 ft. also, we can’t see the scale.

  • AlexisWolf

    Bullseye! that works then. What happens to the missile afterwards? do they pick it up from the water?

  • phuzz

    “Low Cost Modular Target”

    It’s a net.